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  1. careless, untidy, or slovenly: slipshod work.

  2. down-at-heel; seedy; shabby.

  1. Archaic. wearing slippers or loose shoes, especially ones worn at the heel.

Origin of slipshod

First recorded in 1570–80; slip1 + shod

Other words for slipshod

Other words from slipshod

  • slipshodness, slip·shod·di·ness, noun

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How to use slipshod in a sentence

  • In the first place, nearly all women's work dealing with feminine subjects is in a special degree disfigured by slipshod writing.

    Journalism for Women | E.A. Bennett
  • Instead of seeking how to construct a perfect dwelling place, these slipshod builders spent most of their hours in courtship.

    Creatures of the Night | Alfred W. Rees
  • They moved along in rather a slipshod way and sounded like soft slippers or feet in stockings.

  • Too many youths enter upon their business in a languid, half-hearted way, and do their work in a slipshod manner.

    How to Succeed | Orison Swett Marden

British Dictionary definitions for slipshod


/ (ˈslɪpˌʃɒd) /

  1. (of an action) negligent; careless

  2. (of a person's appearance) slovenly; down-at-heel

Origin of slipshod

C16: from slip 1 + shod

Derived forms of slipshod

  • slipshoddiness or slipshodness, noun

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